Rahul Bose, who recently attended a retrospective of his films at the Toronto film festival, says people's perceptions about Bollywood are changing.
"Though the conventional Bollywood song-and-dance formula was completely missing from my repertoire, they had a great deal of curiosity about Pyaar Ke Side Effects, English August and, of course, my directorial film Everybody Says I'm Fine," Rahul, who is known for his unconventional roles, told IANS.
"Not to say that Bollywood isn't identified with the song-and-dance formula any more. My kind of urban contemporary cinema is opening up a new Indian reality for international audiences," he added.
The actor was also given a citation at his retrospective Masala Mehndi Masti for his contribution to the arts.
"And then there was a discussion on how much fun acting can be."
The Canadians took to Rahul's non-masala repertoire like fish to water.
The actor, who brought in his 40th birthday with a grand party and a lavish retrospect in Toronto, also found himself stranded on Toronto airport. The journey back home wasn't hassle free.
<b1>"It was truly bizarre. Our flight took off at the stipulated time. We flew smoothly for two hours. And then suddenly the aircraft developed a serious snag. So we were flown right back to Toronto."
"And here I was whiling away my time waiting to get another flight," added Rahul.
Since he had missed his connecting flight in Frankfurt, Rahul had to be re-adjusted for his entire flight back from Toronto to Mumbai.
"But I really don't mind. I had myself a rollicking time at the festival. My 40th birthday party was held at Toronto's posh nightclub the Liberty Grand which is almost like an open air cathedral. Yes, there was a cake and about 1,000 guests from all over the world."
He returns to Toronto in September with Santosh Sivan's Before The Rains in which Rahul plays the lead.
"I think my romance with Canada has just started... If only my passage back to my country won't be this difficult next time."
Rahul will also be seen in the main lead in Aparna Sen's Japanese Wife.